Of all of the wonders of Ancient China only two are believed to be visible from space: The Great Wall and The Grand Canal. While the Great Wall doesn’t run anywhere close to Hangzhou, the southern terminus of China’s other wonder of engineering, the Grand Canal, can still be found in the city today.

Commissioned during the Sui Dynasty as a way to connect the Haihe, Yellow, Huaihe, Yangtze and Qiantang rivers, the Grand Canal at one point stretched for over 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometers) and earned the title of longest canal or artificial river in the entire world. Once running from Hangzhou all the way to Beijing, various sections of the canal have fallen into disrepair and are no longer navigable. Nevertheless, visitors to the southern sections around Hangzhou are still able to book a cruise boat on the historic trade route for a view of traditional waterfront villages and a chance to learn the history of the greatest supply conduit in all of Ancient China. In addition to the authentic village surroundings, passengers aboard cruise boats are afforded views of the intricate stone architecture which has gone into the area’s historic stone bridges. One such bridge, the 400 year old Gong Cheng Bridge, is a pristine stone replica of a bridge spanning a different Grand Canal—the Ponte Vecchio in Venice, Italy.

Though most modern travelers now employ more sophisticated modes of transport such as trains or airplanes, it’s still possible to travel on the Grand Canal from Hangzhou all the way north to Suzhou on an overnight trip of 13 hours.

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Private Suzhou Day Tour of Grand Canal and Master of Nets Garden, Suzhou, null
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Private Suzhou Day Tour of Grand Canal and Master of Nets Garden

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Praised as the “Venice of Asia,” Suzhou features a scenic water town with numerous ponds and streams. This exquisite private tour will enthrall you with the ...  Read more

Location: Suzhou, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.99
Suzhou and Zhouzhuang One Day Tour from Shanghai, Shanghai, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang One Day Tour from Shanghai

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang are entitled as the “ Garden City” or “Oriental Venice”. Come and see the beauty of Suzhou and Zhouzhuang in this day tour, which is the ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai Region, China
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $144.00
Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai, Shanghai, Day Trips
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Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

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Visit two picturesque Chinese towns, Suzhou and Zhouzhuang on a day trip from Shanghai. You'll see how daily life has remained unchanged over the centuries in ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.99
Private Leisure Day Tour in Suzhou, Suzhou, Day Trips
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Private Leisure Day Tour in Suzhou

Featuring beautiful landscapes and elegant gardens, Suzhou offers great relaxation and clears your mind with its special charm. This tour is customized to ...  Read more

Location: Suzhou, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $66.99
Private Day Tour: Zhouzhuang and Suzhou from Shanghai, Shanghai, Private Day Trips
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Private Day Tour: Zhouzhuang and Suzhou from Shanghai

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This is a private tour to visit "Venice of the East" ancient town----Zhouzhuang and picturesque city Suzhou. On this day trip by private vehicle, ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.00

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